Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, psychology, self, success, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet -- "All the servers are in Beijing" -- he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country's history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, global issues, journalism, social media, technology, TEDGlobal 2012,...
Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, physics, science, universe, TED2012, 2012
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, compassion, culture, photography, TEDxSF, 2012
In a heart-melting moment, Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, live music, piano, TED Talks Education, 2013
Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, business, culture, entertainment, politics, potential, psychology,...
Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it shows the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, innovation, invention, photography, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligen Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, love, relationships, sex, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, mental health, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, aging, culture, youth, TED2013, 2013
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, compassion, poetry, spoken word, TED2013, 2013
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, culture, entertainment, humor, performance, TEDxSummit, 2012
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, education, psychology, success, TED Talks Education, 2013
Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, happiness, media, shopping, TED2011, 2011
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, business, culture, psychology, 2012
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, arts, environment, global issues, photography, TED2013, 2013
There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption -- web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls "reputation capital." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, community, web, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, demo, design, education, entertainment, gaming, hack, short talk,...
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, education, student, TED Talks Education, 2013
For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, education, language, TED2013, 2013
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, bullseye, business, entrepreneur, leadership, sales, selling, success,...
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, dance, entertainment, leadership, marketing, video, TED2010, 2010
Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, Asia, Slavery, children, global issues, poverty, sex,...
In this brand-new slideshow (premiering on TED.com), Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, climate change, global issues, politics, science, TED2008, 2008
Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, mind, prison, storytelling, TED2012, 2012
Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, cyborg, design, entertainment, innovation, music, prosthetics, sound,...
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, TED Talks Education, 2013
The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, children, creativity, design, film, 2007
At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus. Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, art, arts, beauty, entertainment, exploration, photography, 2008
In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.) ( 1 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, TEDxSydney, 2013
Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, humor, live music, music, performance, poetry, TED2012,...
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medicine, TED2012, 2012
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, brain, culture, psychology, self, 2012
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, brain, culture, happiness, religion, society, 2009
We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, science, sex, TEDMED 2012, 2012
The last thing Rodney Mullen, the godfather of street skating, wanted were competitive victories. In this exuberant talk he shares his love of the open skateboarding community and how the unique environments it plays in drive the creation of new tricks -- fostering prolific ingenuity purely for passion's sake. (Filmed at TEDxUSC.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, collaboration, innovation, open-source, skateboarding, tedx,...
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, Internet, big bang, cosmos, education, history, humanity, universe,...
After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1). Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, humanity, medicine, meme, science, society, TED@Cannes, 2010
Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla -- called “the greatest geek who ever lived” -- from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, science, storytelling, technology, TED2012, 2012
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, architecture, children, design, entertainment, film, south asia,...
Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.) Topics: TEDTalks, INK Conference, TED, Talks, design, medical research, science, visualizations, 2010
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxHouston, TED, Talks, communication, culture, psychology, self, social change, 2010
Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, medicine, personal growth, storytelling, TED2010, 2010
Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, technology, TED2012, 2012
In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon 2006, TED, Talks, Buddhism, God, culture, global issues, happiness, peace,...
Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London Fall 2011, TED, Talks, creativity, culture, photography, technology, 2011
Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, adventure, biodiversity, biology, disease, exploration, global...
How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail -- completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, innovation, magic, physics, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, morality, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009